WATER POLO Cheltenham win men's national title

Cheltenham beat City of Manchester 12-11 after a penalty shoot out to win their first men’s Water Polo Championships title.

The 2014 British Gas-sponsored competition at Manchester Aquatic Centre was filled with drama as Cheltenham held Super 5 winners Manchester to an 8-8 draw in normal time.

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WATER POLO Bristol's Figes leads GB Euro bid

Bristol's Craig Figes leads the Great Britain Men's Water Polo team again as they bid to qualify for next year's LEN European Championships in Budapest.

In the next few hours GB start their qualification bid against hosts Georgia in Tblisi at 1830 GET time, which is three hours ahead of British Summer Time.

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PLYMOUTH LEANDER Rudd is swim coach of year

Plymouth Leander head coach Jon Rudd (centre) with Jacco Verhaeran, sporting director of the Dutch Swimming Federation and Laura Rattray, representing Speedo, image courtesy darren shipman at dpix, bromsgrovePlymouth Leander’s Jon Rudd has been recognized as 2012 British Swimming Coaches Association coach of the year.

Rudd received the BSCA Coach of the Year award - sponsored by Speedo - for coaching Lithuania’s teenage swimming sensation Ruta Meilutyte to Olympic gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke at London 2012.

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WATER POLO Bristol and Cheltenham top national pools

Bristol Central and Cheltenham are through to the men's British Gas Water Polo Championships Finals after topping their preliminary pools with three straight wins.

And the semi-final draw keeps the South West sides apart when they compete in the Manchester finals in two weeks.

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SWIMMING: O'CONNOR QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPICS

Bath teenage star Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has become the youngest British swimmer to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

The 16-year-old St Gregory's Catholic College pupil produced the performance of her life to win gold in the 100m breaststroke final at the ASA National Championships in Sheffield last night.

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